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What do I need to do to get started?

1. Complete the Adult Application
One of the first things we will need you to do is to complete an Adult Application. If you have not done this, please contact the pack so that we may get the application process started. But, don't stop here, continue onto the next step. 

2. Complete the Required Basic Training
The basic training has been designed to help you immediately get off the ground, and to help quench any fears you may have about mentoring and leading our young scouts into young leaders. You may take all of the training online, or attend one of the local training courses. In either case, be sure to get fully trained as soon as possible.  
  • Youth Protection Training (Every adult leader, no matter the position, must take Youth Protection Training)
  • This is Scouting 
  • Den Leader Fast Start 
  • Leader Position-Specific Training 
As you complete the training, print the certificate and bring a copy to the Pack Trainer to update your records.  

Note: You don't need to be a registered leader, or have a BSA ID number to register and complete the online classes. You can associate your BSA ID to your online account later.

3. Visit the Scout Shop to purchase all of the appropriate materials.
You will find the staff at any of the local Scout Shops to be very knowledgeable, and they will make sure you have what you need to get started as a new Scout leader. You may need to purchase a uniform (only the shirt is required) and any necessary patches. There are also books and documentation you can purchase to help you get off the ground as a new leader.  

Note: The internet also has a wealth of FREE resources you can use as well. The online scouting movement is huge and as such countless individuals have posted resources online that will help you succeed as a leader. You may want to supplement your resource library with books and information you can find online. Check out the Leader Resources section on the Links page. In particular, the Advancement Tracking Spreadsheets can be invaluable in tracking the advancement requirements for the den.

4. Recruit den/patrol parents to share the load. For example, recruit a parent volunteer to maintain the Advancement Tracking Spreadsheets, have parents signup to bring a snack and drink for each den meeting, and recruit parents to help plan the den outings. 

5. Plan on attending the monthly committee meetings. At least one den leader or parent should attend each committee meeting. And, attend the monthly district scout roundtables, the Cub Scout Leader Pow Wow, and/or the University of Scouting to continue your training. Check the calendar for the date, time, and location of these events.

Don't be afraid to ask questions

A good place to start is to ask the leaders from the previous year for any tips, ideas, or materials. 

Still need more information? Check out the BSA Adult Leader web page